A home for art in stunning surroundings

The Visual Arts Society holds a kids camp at the Watler House studio.

The grounds of Savannah’s Pedro Castle, situated on a stunning outcrop overlooking the turquoise Caribbean, are known for their historic importance to the Cayman Islands. Having served as a private home, courthouse and jail in its time, Pedro Castle itself is the site of an 1831 meeting where the Islands’ first elected parliament had its origins. In 1835 it is where the proclamation ending slavery in the British Empire was issued to the people of Cayman.

The restored Pedro Castle draws locals and visitors alike keen to take a step back in time, but the expansive grounds are also home, among other things, to the Visual Arts Society’s Watler House art studio.

The non-profit Visual Arts Society’s members range from professional artists to those just looking to be involved in the local art community. The Society’s activities include fine art and craft classes and workshops in a variety of techniques including oil painting, watercolor, print making, jewelry making, framing, batik, mosaic and pottery. The society also holds kids’ art camps, open studios, and stages exhibitions.

The Watler House studio opened in 2007, located in a quaint restored Cayman cottage on the Pedro grounds.

“Our goal is to have Watler House open every day as a facility to its members,” said society marketing coordinator Mary McCallum, who said the group is seeking volunteers to lead weekday workshops in various fine arts and creative disciplines.

In a fringe event of the Cayman Arts Festival which kicks off on Feb. 17, the Society will be holding a special art exhibition at the studio, currently scheduled to take place on Feb. 22.
For more information on the Society’s activities contact [email protected] or call 546-9422.